Online Literary Journals 2

Online literary journals are abundant on the web, but for some reason can be difficult to find.  I’ve gathered together in one place 10 links to different literary journals that have been featured in the last 3 months or so here at A Bunch of Wordz.  These literary magazines often feature poetry, short stories, articles, nonfiction, book reviews, and more.

Readers will want to click on the main page, while links to the call for submission guidelines have also been provided for writers looking to submit their work.

To see even more online literary journals and submission guidelines, see my previous post Online Literary Journals 1.

Travel Poems by Little Known Authors

I love traveling and travel poems and have written quite a few myself.  Authors Den is a website where authors and poets can go to post their work, and readers can browse by subject, including travel poems.

I read through a few of the travel poems on the site today, and here are the beginnings of 5 of my favorites.  You can click each title to read the entire poem or click on the author’s name to find out more about them.

1) Seattle by Eileen Clemens Granfors

A kaleidescope of umbrellas disembarked
Hovering above trench coats, uniform in tan and black,
Faces awakening to the day, shielded and mufflered;
Gray clouds, heavy as cement, obliterated expected signals of time

2) Haiku Journey by Gene Williamson

blurred in my train window
ancient cork trees

flight to malaga
the small plane so crowded
I have to stand

3) Athens After Dark also by Gene Williamson

By day we cruise the Aegean Sea,
with a short layover at Hydra, magic
isle where the only transport
is noisy mopeds and tired feet.
By night we relax over drinks
at a table in Constitution Square,
talking home with three hometown
sailors on leave from a cruiser

4) When There Are No Words by Brian M. Morrisey

It is 9:50 a.m. here in Changchun, China
in the distant light of mid-May
on a plane to Shenzhen
while everyone I know
sleeps nine hours behind me
along the abyss of California coastline

5) Typical British Weather Forecast by David M. Darbyshire

(A short, 4-line, funny poem.  I’m not going to quote it because by the time I do, I will have re-published the entire poem.  So, just click on the link to read it.)

If you want more, go to the travel poems category page at Authors Den.  There doesn’t appear to be a screening process, but for a site that allows authors to post their own work, there is a surprisingly large amount of good poetry to be found here if you’re willing to sift through it.

Winter Poem by Robert Frost

I was glancing through my Robert Frost book the other night and came across this poem which seemed appropriate for a good winter-time post.  It’s called Good Hours:

I had for my winter evening walk–
No one at all with whom to talk,
But I had the cottages in a row
Up to their shining eyes in snow.

And I thought I had the folk within:
I had the sound of a violin;
I had a glimpse through curtain laces
Of youthful forms and youthful faces.

I had such company outward bound.
I went till there were no cottages found.
I turned and repented, but coming back
I saw no window but that was black.

Over the snow my creaking feet
Disturbed the slumbering village street
Like profanation, by your leave,
At ten o-clock of a winter eve.

1800s Cure for Deafness and Other Maladies

Sunnispace has posted some excerpts from a book published in 1852 that she recently bought called Ladies’ Indispensable Assistant, which claimed to help women of the time with everything from caring for canary birds to curing cancer (a recipe which called for the patient to drink a concoction made from, among other things, the very poisonous plant, hemlock). 

Here is the cure for deafness, according to the author:

Take ant’s eggs and onion juice, mix and drop into the ear; or, drop into the ear at night six or eight drops of warm chamber lye.

This becomes even more disturbing when you realize that “chamber lye” is actually urine.

Read the entire post titled Advice from the 1800’s at Sunnispace’s blog.  It’s a very nice little blog, mostly about family life, and you can visit the homepage here.

Paranormal Book Giveaway from NYT Bestseller

Thea and Ana over at The Book Smuggler are having multiple contests this month where you can win free books.  Most of the contests involve simply leaving a comment on their blog in order to be entered.  For some weird reason, blog contest don’t usually get a lot of entrants, so if you want to win free stuff, this is the way to go.

Contest 1:  The Book Smugglers are currently in cahoots with bestselling author, Nalini Singh, to give away two of her paranormal romance books, The Magical Christmas Cat and An Enchanted Season.  Leave a comment on this post before Saturday, December 13th, at 11pm PST for your chance to win.

Contest 2: The Book Smugglers have also teamed up with Michael Stone to offer you a chance at your free copy of his book of four novellas of dark fantasy, Fourtold, as well as Graham Joyce’s Three Ways to Snog an Alien (funny excerpt from the description:  “The 3 ways to snog an alien are: Don’t; Don’t; and, Don’t”).  You’ll have to work a little harder for this one and leave a comment with a suggested title for the Irish-crime-with-a-fantasy-element anthology that Michael Stone is currently working on. 

For your chance at a free copy of Fourtold and Three Ways to Snog an Alien, leave your comment on this post.  And don’t worry — it appears that all commenters will be entered into the drawing, whether their suggested title is dripping with awesomeness or notsomuch.  I’m not sure what the deadline is on this one, but it looks like the drawing will take place in the new year.

Keep checking The Book Smuggler for more contests throughout the month of December.

E-books for Free, Including Modern-Day Authors

If you’re looking for  low cost e-books, you’ve hit the jackpot. offers e-books for as cheap as you can get them:  for free.  Here’s a list of things to help you navigate and find what you want on the site:

  • In addition to the usual pre-copyright books (generally, published in 1923 or before), this site also offers free e-books that have been recently published.  Use the Advanced Search feature to search for books by specific criteria, including the year of publication.
  • Browse e-books by category and look through titles in the specific genre that interests you, including everything from audio e-books to science fiction e-books to cookbooks and poetry.
  • You can also search e-books by author or title.
  • There’s a huge choice of formats for your e-book download.  If you’re wondering which one is right for you, there’s a list of formats with links to information about each one at the bottom of the About page.  Just from a quick glance through, Plucker looks like a good choice for people who want to read their e-book on their Palm OS based handheld devices, Windows Mobile (PocketPC) devices and other handheld PDAs.  And it’s free.
  • If you think this is a great idea and you’d like to help, but you’re low on cash, consider becoming a volunteer e-book proofreader through the site, Distributed Proofreaders.
  • If you’re an author and you’d like to distribute your book via, go to the author submission page to find out how.

If you want to try out a free e-book, but you’re still not sure what to get, here are the top 5 e-book downloads from the site last year:

Or go here to view the top 20 free e-book downloads from last year.

This huge and amazing site is all the work of one guy, Matthew McClintock, who donates his free time to keep this site running.  If you use the site, or even if you don’t and you just think it’s a really cool idea, make a donation through your paypal or account.

You know if you bookmark the site to donate to later, you’ll never do it, so go right  now, and give the guy a couple of bucks.  You’ll never miss $2, and you will have done your good deed for the day.

What is Bromance?

Bromance is a slang term increasing in popularity, but what exactly does it mean?  Simon Dumenico wrote a funny article on bromance recently over at The Huffington Post.  He describes bromance this way:

“Homosexuality, of course, used to be known as the love that dare not speak its name–until, thanks to the gayification of pop culture, it became the love that wouldn’t shut the hell up. Now the man crush (a heterosexual male’s feelings of platonic love for another man) and the bromance (when those feelings are reciprocated) are coming out of the closet in a major way.”

Click the link above for the full article.

If you’re still not sure what bromance is, I wrote this poem to explain it to you…

by Edie Montgomery-Pool

What is “bromance?”
You might say:
A love between two dudes
Not gay

There’s no dating,
No holding hands;
Just drunk guys stating,
“I love you man.”


(You may reproduce this poem in part or whole, on or in a website, email, podcast, or broadcast; permission for electronic reproduction is granted on the provision that the website on which the poem is published is not a vanity publisher or a scam poetry contest which requires its “winners” to make a purchase or pay a fee before being published. You may also reproduce this poem in print material for which net profits do not exceed $1,000. Author name must be included in any reproductions, and author must be notified whenever this poem is, or parts of this poem are, used. For all other uses not mentioned here, just ask and I will most likely say yes.) 🙂

Funny Christmas Poem, A Politically Correct Christmas Story

This funny Christmas poem makes fun of the times we live in.  It’s called A Politically Correct Christmas Story.  The author is anonymous.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…
How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”.
“Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labour conditions at the North Pole
were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their rooftops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called “Unenlightened.”

And to show you the strangeness of life’s ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorised use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she’d enough of this life,

Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he’d never had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim, Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls, or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that’s warlike or non-pacifistic.

No candy or sweets…they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football…someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, dishevelled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you’ve got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere…even you.
So here is that gift, it’s price beyond worth…
May you and your loved ones, enjoy peace on Earth.

Poem: Petals

This poem is called Petals by Amy Lowell:

Life is a stream 
On which we strew 
Petal by petal the flower of our heart; 
The end lost in dream, 
They float past our view, 
We only watch their glad, early start. 


Freighted with hope, 
Crimsoned with joy, 
We scatter the leaves of our opening rose; 
Their widening scope, 
Their distant employ, 
We never shall know. And the stream as it flows 
Sweeps them away, 
Each one is gone 
Ever beyond into infinite ways. 
We alone stay 
While years hurry on, 
The flower fared forth, though its fragrance still stays. 

Amy Lowell lived from 1874 to 1925.  She had an interesting life story, and you can find Amy Lowell’s biography here, if you’re interested.  Or read a few of Amy Lowell’s books for free online.

Funny Celebrity Quotes

Here are some funny celebrity quotes I came across:

Phyllis Diller:

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance? 

Dan Quayle:

The future will be better tomorrow. 

Charles M. Schultz (Peanuts):

No problem is so large it cannot be run away from. 

Want more?  Check out Brain Candy Celebrity Quotes at  Or visit the homepage which is self-described as “an excellent, intelligent way to waste time on the internet.”